Questioning The WWE Wellness Policy, Stephanie & Shane McMahon WWE Alums, Breaking More Stories Than Any Other Publication, Reaction To TNA Hiring Brooke Hogan

With guys like The Rock and Brock Lesnar being part are they subjected to WWE Wellness Tests like that of full-time talent?

I have traditionally been a defender of the WWE Wellness Policy but following the recent suspension of Rey Mysterio, I have several questions about its validity. Mysterio was tested on February 13, 2012 yet his suspension wasn’t announced until April 26, 2012. If the company knew he had tested positive, why did they still push him to return at Wrestlemania XXVIII? Why was a spot left open for him on the card and when it was determined he couldn’t go, he was later suspended? The prescription loophole in WWE’s Wellness Program has been well-documented but when things like what happened to Mysterio happen, it makes me want to see more transparency. Back to your question, I’m sure WWE would claim stars like The Rock and Brock Lesnar are subject to their testing but do you see WWE suspending their $5 million guy? I don’t.

What is the reason for WWE putting the profiles of Stephanie and Shane McMahon in their Alumni section?

I don’t know if there was a specific reason why the profiles of Stephanie and Shane McMahon were added but one of the most over analyzed sections of dot com is their profile section. WWE is blowing up the addition of the two McMahon kids but I don’t find the additions particularly newsworthy. I have been reading Chris Jericho’s “Undisputed” book lately and it makes me miss Stephanie McMahon’s “billion dollar princess” gimmick.

What was the first breaking news story the website shared? What was the most important in your opinion?

My company purchased WrestlingNewsWorld.com in February 2003 and while I have ran the website since, my career as an insider didn’t begin until May 2007 when I graduated college and determined I wanted to pursue a career as a pro wrestling journalist on a full-time basis. The first story I had the unfortunate responsibility to cover as a full-timer was the Chris Benoit tragedy and I can tell you it was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. Our first big breaking story was in January 2008 when Bobby Lashley called our office to let us know he had quit WWE. Since then, we have had the privilege of breaking more stories than any other pro wrestling publication. From 2009-2010, we posted the outcomes of several WWE pay-per-views the afternoon of the show, including breaking the news of Edge’s return to WWE at Royal Rumble 2010 in that he would be the winner. It didn’t take long for WWE to catch us leaking PPV results and we had to stop posting match outcomes prior to the shows. In 2011, we were the first publication to break the biggest news of the year that The Rock had agreed to terms to return to WWE as the guest host of Wrestlemania XXVII. So far this year, we broke the top matches for Wrestlemania XXVIII in early January, including the news of The Undertaker vs. Triple H II with Shawn Michaels as special guest referee and CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho. We were also all over the Brock Lesnar to WWE story, breaking details about the negotiations as they happened. I credit all of our success to our loyal readers that have supported us since day one. Without you, none of this would be possible.

Quoting your story on Brooke Hogan’s new job with TNA, “Her duties will be to help up-and-coming talent develop their characters, assist with promos and even consult on entrance music.” What are Brook Hogan’s qualifications to do this job?

I still can’t believe the news that Brooke Hogan is coming to TNA as an executive. My initial thought was, are they trying to lose the locker room? A lot of people can share their opinions but I have spoken firsthand with wrestlers under contract in TNA and can confirm that many are not on the Hulk Hogan/Eric Bischoff bandwagon. The feeling is the company has changed to appease these individuals and it’s not what it used to be. We can sugarcoat it to death but the fact is Brooke Hogan is not qualified for this position. Brooke is being hired because she is Hulk’s daughter, much like Garett Bischoff is being pushed because he’s Eric’s son. It isn’t fair, it undermines the hard work of all those that have been with TNA since day one and is a very troubling sign in how Dixie Carter can be manipulated to think these are “good” moves.

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  • Chuck

    Breaking news tna to be to wwe by the end of summer and their ratings will go down faster than the titanic

  • Lil Wayne YMCMB

    one day TNA would be a fourth brand of WWE!!! MARK MY WORDS!!!!

    • AJG316

      Is that you again Scott hall, really a bit desperat know don't u think

    • Alex

      Vince wouldn't dare touch tna wrestling other than their library. That company is a poison. tna is so terrible that it would actually bring WWE down and make ROH the new number one company by default.

  • Dangerous Lee

    As far as the wellness policy goes, all I have to say is if the Olympics can cover up steroid use, I’m pretty sure the WWE should have no problem doing the same. I mean, it’s their policy. Why wouldn’t they be able to manipulate it?

  • tony

    TNA has officially turned into a joke. Won't wrestlers such as Mickie James and Gail Kim be a little offended that Brooke Hogan is advising them. I hope someone takes control from Dixie and turns it around. Hogan has already proved his name isn't worth a fraction of what it used to be.

    • smark

      tna workers will probly head up north when there contracts are up

    • Howard Stern

      It would be stupid for anyone to even bother trying to take over TNA, it would be career suicide.

  • AJG316

    I would personally like to know about bully rays tweets recently. He keeps on tweeting about #BullyRaytoWWE2013 I wanna know if bullys contract is coming up soon??? Please someone answer me

    • MonsterMike42

      Bully Ray doesn't have a Twitter account. Dixie confirmed this a couple days ago. The account is fake.

  • stoney

    TNA has no reason to exist anymore, Everything good about the once watchable company has been thrown away because of two jealous, ignorant, egotistical and self serving leeches that only care about money and themselves.

  • matt

    I wanna hear what Jim Cornette has to say about TNA signing Brooke Hogan?

  • havoc525

    Hogan and Bischoff are hoping their kids can be TNA’s version of Shane and Steph, but they aren’t and never will be, period. I love how lately TNA has seemed to be one step behind WWE in everything they’ve done. Vince gets an MMA guy, we’ll get one, Vince starts pushing the GM deal, we’ll do it, Vince puts the title on guys who work better than most of the roster instead of a huge name, we’ll do it too, but still push the huge name instead.

  • Da KiDD

    What's a TNA?

  • Jeremy

    Why did Road Dogg not have a bio in the WWE Alumni section yet? He appeared several times on WWE TV from time to time in the last several months yet superstars from TNA like Sting and Rob Van Dam and others who recently make guest appearances or didn't appear at all like Lita, Sean Waltman (1-2-3 Kid, X-Pac), Paul Heyman, Goldust, and Goldberg had all had Alumni bio but not Road Dogg.

    • Thomas

      Road Dogg is still with the company in behind the scenes as a producer. The WWE alumni is specifically those who have worked with the WWE before and are now gone from the company. With the exception of lesnar considering that's all fake. I'm sure Road Dogg will get in there someday.

      • Jeremy

        So was Billy Kidman, Dean Malenko, and Bill Demott, all whom are still currently with the company and work as road agent and producer and were also included in the Alumni section. There was no reason not to include Road Dogg in Alumni section unless if B.G. James himself choose not to be included.

  • Monty

    If it wasn’t for panda energy backing tna it would already be out of business.

    If tna is to be successful and it can ve even hogan and Eric they have to put their egos aside and push the right guys. But maximum 2 years before tna no more

  • Brandon

    Hate to say this, but TNA is a sinking ship. Believe me, Vince will buy TNA one day but won't revive as another brand as it is stinks as hell nowadays. I miss the days where I enjoys TNA when they broadcast their X-Division talents such as Low-Ki, Kid Kash and then up-and-coming AJ Styles. That is what the alternatives to WWE means. Brooke and Garrett, you should be proud of yourselves because both of you are the last of TNA. Other talents should be jumping ships now because there's no reason to stay in TNA anymore. "Wrestling Matters" my a**…

  • Monty

    Yes TNA is a joke but have plenty of talent but misuse it. WWE follows them sometimes. Tell me isn’t a Miss Tessmarker gimmick ripoff.

    • Chris

      Which is just a “rip off” of what Stacy Kiebler did in WCW, no?

  • Monty

    * Eve

  • Hardy

    I don’t think Vince will even touch the company, I do think however that he might sign a few wrestlers though. But not until tna has finished, which at this rate won’t be long. It’s a shame because years ago it wasn’t half bad but now it’s just a ship slowly sinking like someone has already said.

  • Kevin

    The WWE has been bringing the children of former superstars to their shows for years, but these children have talent. The Rock started off as Rocky Maivia, a tribute to his father and grandfather, and yes he got a big push from the word go, but he had the talent to back it up. Randy Orton is a 3rd generation star. Cody Rhodes' father was a mainstay superstar in his day, but again, Cody has the talent to back it up. On the flipside, look at Ted Dibiase Jr. He didn't show near the talent as Cody, and now he's gone from television. TNA is doing the same thing with their stars, except that WWE is doing it right. Just because you're the kid of a star doesn't mean you can just waltz in and suddenly make the big bucks. You have to EARN your keep. TNA hasn't figured that out yet, and if they keep pushing people like Garrett Bischoff and Brooke Hogan to the top when they haven't even got the talent or experience to be there, they WILL lose their lockerroom, and ultimately, the company.

    • http://www.youtube.com/mywrestlingthoughts John

      U do know ted is gone becuase he is injuried right? and he and his wife just had a kid not that long ago so he might take a bit longer leave.

  • Jordan

    I’m pretty sure I saw a match with Ted DiBiase versus KENTA and he showed that he actually does have a decent moveset and in ring skill